2:43pm

Mon January 28, 2013
It's All Politics

In New Immigration Plan, A Fraught Phrase is Mostly Sidelined

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:27 pm

Crowd members seek help applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles last August.
Jonathan Alcorn Reuters/Landov

Here's one thing that was hard to find in the "Gang of Eight's" Senate proposal to overhaul the country's immigration system: the term "illegal immigrant."

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2:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Around the Nation

New Gold Rush Has Little Luster For Some In The Golden State

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Miner Steve Ator cleans a drill bit inside the Lincoln Project Mine, in Sutter Creek, Calif.
Lauren Sommer KQED

Gold mines are reopening in California, some dating all the way back to the Gold Rush. Soaring gold prices are drawing mining companies back into the Sierra Nevada foothills. But some communities fear the effect on local environments.

Dan Boitano, a fifth-generation miner, has been working as a tour guide in the Golden State's historic gold country. His family has been around since the Gold Rush.

Up until a few years ago, he was still guiding tours for visitors.

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2:09pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Environment

The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:23 pm

iStockphoto.com

Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. It dries up crops, destroys landscaping and stops ships from moving. But even the lack of rain clouds has a bright side.

Good For Grapes

Last summer it seemed like all Midwestern farmers were upset over the lack of rain. But not all of them were; those growing grapes were embracing the drought.

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2:08pm

Mon January 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Bipartisan Senate Group Kick-Starts Immigration Battle

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 2:41 pm

Five of the eight senators who proposed a bipartisan plan for an immigration overhaul attend a Capitol Hill news conference Monday. From left are John McCain of Arizona, Chuck Schumer of New York, Marco Rubio of Florida, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Dick Durbin of Illinois.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

A bipartisan Senate plan unveiled Monday to overhaul the U.S. immigration system frames a pitched debate expected in Congress around the areas of border enforcement, a path to citizenship for those already in the country and the future flow of new arrivals.

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1:49pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Unbridled Kentuckians Decide It's Time For A Kick-Ass New Slogan

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Whit Hiler (left) and Griffin VanMeter are spearheading the campaign to change Kentucky's slogan from Unbridled Spirit to Kentucky Kicks Ass.
KentuckyForKentucky

1:13pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hanging A Price Tag On Radiology Tests Didn't Change Doctors' Habits

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 2:15 pm

Doctors' use of CT head scans for hospitalized patients didn't change when the prices were revealed at the time an order was being made.
Wikimedia Commons

If doctors would just pay attention to how much things cost, they might be more careful when ordering tests for patients, right?

Well, that's the theory behind some research and projects to cut wasteful health spending. But a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that changing doctors' behavior may be not be as easy as simply making them aware of prices.

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1:00pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Afghanistan

Women In Combat: What Do Troops In Afghanistan Think?

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:17 pm

U.S. troops in Afghanistan appear to have mixed feelings about the decision lifting the ban on women in combat positions. Some women already operate in combat zones. Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley is shown here with her Marine Corps team in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, in November 2010.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

The new U.S. military policy on women serving in combat roles was crafted in Washington, but it will play out in places like Afghanistan.

And sitting outside at the military base at the Kabul airport, male and female troops offered their thoughts on what the new policy might mean.

"I wasn't completely surprised with it. It's not anything we haven't discussed before," said Capt. Monica Paden, a military intelligence officer from San Diego. "We have been slowly being integrated into combat arms and into units in support roles."

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12:52pm

Mon January 28, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Reuben Egg Roll

In their natural habitat
NPR

The Reuben has long suffered from two problems. Firstly, it often lacks the structural integrity to hold together as a sandwich. The second problem is that I am not constantly surrounded by a dozen of them.

The Reuben Egg Roll from Hackney's in Chicago solves the first problem, at least, stuffing corned beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese in a crispy egg roll shell, Thousand Island on the side.

Ian: I feel like you meet this food, and you're like, "Wait, your name is Reuben?"

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12:14pm

Mon January 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

As Developing World Goes Mobile, Can Apple Make The Sale?

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:23 pm

A salesperson demonstrates the Apple iPhone 4 in New Delhi, India. While mobile device use is growing rapidly in emerging markets, Apple's current product line may prove prohibitively expensive for many consumers.
Manish Swarup AP

12:00pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Gun control

East Bay Express: Teachers financing guns

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

The state teachers' retirement system is attempting to divest itself from a company that finances the manufacture of assault weapons like the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But even if it does, it still won't be out of the gun business.

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